Baitulmaal https://baitulmaal.org Respond / Sustain / Thrive Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:54:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5 https://baitulmaal.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/cropped-bulmfav-32x32.png Baitulmaal https://baitulmaal.org 32 32 Baitulmaal on the Ground in Lebanon Providing Assistance https://baitulmaal.org/baitulmaal-on-the-ground-in-lebanon-providing-assistance/ Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:53:14 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=67310

BEIRUT, August 12, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian organization, is on the ground providing emergency aid to people affected by the August 4 explosion that killed at least 220 people, injured more than 5,000 and left and estimated 300,000 homeless.

In addition to emergency food and medicine, the 4-star charity is providing labor to help clear away wreckage left by the horrific explosion. Baitulmaal Program Manager Elizabeth Sohail said that her team has been continuously assessing the needs in Lebanon since the first hours after the explosion happened.

“We’re continuously communicating with our resources on the ground to see how Baitulmaal can fill in gaps in emergency aid,” said Sohail. “Right now we’re focusing on helping people survive the coming weeks, but we plan to stick around to help because this tragedy will likely affect people’s lives for months, if not years, to come.”

Baitulmaal has already dedicated $100,000 in emergency aid and will pledge more as donations continue to come in for their Lebanon Relief fund.

For more information about Baitulmaal or to contribute to its Lebanon Emergency Relief fund, please visit https://baitulmaal.org/help4lebanon.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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Explosion in Lebanon Leaves Injured Vulnerable https://baitulmaal.org/explosion-in-lebanon-leaves-injured-vulnerable/ Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:12:40 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=64370

Baitulmaal is providing emergency aid to people affected by the August 4 explosion amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

BEIRUT, August 5, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based humanitarian organization, is mobilizing resources in Lebanon to provide emergency aid in response to the explosion yesterday that killed at least 100 people, injured more than 4,000 people, collapsed nearby buildings and shattered glass within 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

According to CNN, Lebanon’s Health Minister Hamad Hassan said injuries from the explosion are placing additional strain on the country’s healthcare system because “it has already been struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Baitulmaal representatives said they are sending medical aid and food assistance because the explosion is also worsening the already dire hunger problem in Lebanon.

“The destruction of the ports will prevent essential food and grain from being imported, and we’re getting reports of people unable to get money from their bank accounts,” said Elizabeth Sohail, program manager at Baitulmaal. “We’re working with our resources on the ground to move food and medicine to people who urgently need it and will continue assessing additional needs as this crisis unfolds.”

For more information about Baitulmaal or to contribute to its Lebanon Emergency Relief fund, please visit https://baitulmaal.org/help4lebanon.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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WARNING: Video of explosion might be disturbing for some viewers.

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Baitulmaal Delivers 125 Food Boxes in Chicago https://baitulmaal.org/baitulmaal-delivers-125-food-boxes-in-chicago/ Sat, 25 Apr 2020 01:54:58 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=12348

CHICAGO, April 23, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based humanitarian organization, teamed up with the Islamic Community Center of Illinois and MAS Youth Chicago for a drive-through food pantry and delivered 125 food packages to more than 80 families impacted by the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The drive-through food pantry took place at 6425 W Belmont Avenue in Chicago on Thursday, April 23, 2020, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Local residents in need of food assistance drove through and received food box donations. Volunteers wore masks and gloves to protect beneficiaries as they drove through the line.

Baitulmaal Midwest Region Coordinator Saad Hassan said he hopes the food assistance helps people get through these difficult times.

“You can see on their faces that these boxes meant so much more than food,” said Hassan. “Each food package was a box of hope, a lifeline in a time when everyone feels they are drowning.”

Hassan said they packed 100 boxes but ran out one hour early. His group of volunteers put together an additional 25 boxes and distributed those before concluding the program.

Hassan’s organization raised more than $100,000 earlier this month to help people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We continue to raise money so we can help more people,” Hassan continued. “We want to do more of these drive-through food pantries because they are urgently needed.”

For more information about Baitulmaal or to contribute to its COVID-19 relief fund, please visit https://baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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100 Families Receive Food Assistance at Drive-Through Food Pantry in Loma Linda https://baitulmaal.org/100-families-receive-food-assistance-at-drive-through-food-pantry-in-loma-linda/ Sat, 18 Apr 2020 19:29:42 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=11919

LOMA LINDA, CALIFORNIA, April 18, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based humanitarian organization, teamed up with the Islamic Community Center of Redlands for a drive-through food pantry and delivered food packages to 100 families impacted by the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The drive-through food pantry took place at 24769 Redlands Blvd in Loma Linda, California, on Saturday, April 18, 2020, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Local residents in need of food assistance drove through and received food box donations. Volunteers wore masks and gloves to protect beneficiaries as they drove through the line.

Baitulmaal West Coast Coordinator Abdullah Azab said working with interfaith partners in the community was vital to getting the word out about the food pantry.

“We had a lot of help from volunteers from different faith communities,” said Azad. “It’s really beautiful to see people coming together, even as we all need to keep social distancing.”

Azad’s organization raised more than $100,000 earlier this month to help people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We continue to raise money so we can help more people,” Azab continued. “It’s tough trying to get through this crisis, and it looks like it’s going to get harder before it gets better.”

For more information about COVID-19, please see the Center for Disease Control COVID-19 website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

For more information about Baitulmaal or to contribute to its COVID-19 relief fund, please visit https://baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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600 Families Receive Food Assistance in Anaheim https://baitulmaal.org/600-families-receive-food-assistance-in-anaheim/ Sat, 11 Apr 2020 19:15:30 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=11761

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, April 11, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based humanitarian organization, teamed up with Uplift Charity and West Coast Islamic Center for a drive-through food pantry and delivered food packages to more than 600 families impacted by the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The drive-through food pantry took place at 1717 South Brookhurst Street in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, April 11, 2020, between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Local residents in need of food assistance drove through and received food box donations. Volunteers wore masks and gloves to protect beneficiaries as they drove through the line.

Baitulmaal West Coast Coordinator Abdullah Azab said they were overwhelmed with families passing through the line in their cars.

“I was worried we were going to cause traffic issues,” said Azab, who had publicized the drive-through food pantry the day before in surrounding neighborhoods. “Fortunately the Anaheim police department helped us out, really made things go smoothly.”

Azab said his organization raised more than $100,000 earlier this month to help people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We continue to raise money so we can help more people,” Azab continued. “It’s tough trying to get through this crisis, and it looks like it’s going to get harder before it gets better.”

For more information about COVID-19, please see the Center for Disease Control COVID-19 website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

For more information about Baitulmaal or to contribute to its COVID-19 relief fund, please visit https://baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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Dear Healthcare Professionals, Thank You! https://baitulmaal.org/dear-healthcare-professionals-thank-you/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:57:36 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=10379

Assalaamu alaikum,

Let’s take a moment and thank Allah (swt) for everything we have. Let’s take a moment to count our blessings, even though we will never be able to count them all. Let’s take a moment to cherish the mercy of Allah (swt), to remember Allah (swt) and to seek refuge in Allah (swt).

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, we should also remember to thank those on the front lines of this pandemic. Doctors, nurses, medical assistants and other healthcare professionals who put themselves at risk so they can save lives.

Life is so precious and saving a life is so noble that Allah (swt) says: “…and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.” (Quran 5:32)

Let’s count our healthcare professionals among our blessings. And let’s pray that Allah (swt) protects them and helps them treat those who are sick. We pray that Allah (swt) heals them all, ameen.

We are proud to have many doctors and other medical professionals as donors. On behalf of everyone at Baitulmaal, we thank you.

If you know a healthcare professional who is battling this pandemic, please be sure to call, email or text them to thank them for everything they are doing for us. Their efforts are serving us all.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi)

Thank you for your service to humanity during these difficult times. May Allah (swt) keep you safe, ameen.

May Allah (swt) keep us all safe. 

With compassion,
Mazen Mokhtar
Executive Director
Baitulmaal, Inc.
Respond / Sustain / Thrive

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Baitulmaal Launches COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund https://baitulmaal.org/baitulmaal-launches-covid-19-emergency-relief-fund/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:23:19 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=9842

COVID-19 IS HITTING THOSE WITH THE LEAST THE HARDEST

Assalaamu alaikum 

Healthcare officials and government authorities are advising people to stay home, restaurants to only offer take-out and delivery, theaters to close and public events to cancel. 

But there are many people who can’t afford to stay home, who can’t afford to not work. Many in America and around the world are getting sick and having to self-quarantine, which means they lose one, two or more paychecks. COVID-19 is hitting those with the least the hardest.  

Baitulmaal has started a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to help people suffering during this pandemic. This includes your neighbors who can’t work but still need to make ends meet. This includes refugees who are suffering because aid deliveries are becoming more difficult. This includes immigrants who depend on hourly wages to feed their families. This includes the elderly who can’t leave their homes to get basic necessities like food, medicine and soap. 

Ibn Abbas reported that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:  

“He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while the neighbor to his side goes hungry.”  (al-Sunan al-Kubra 19049) 

In the spirit of our faith, we are asking you to give generously to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. So many people are in urgent need, and so many people can benefit from the assistance you provide during these difficult times.  

And let’s remember that giving charity is as much for ourselves as for others.  

Allah (swt) says in the Quran:  

But he has not broken through the difficult pass. And what can make you know what is [breaking through] the difficult pass? It is the freeing of a slave, Or feeding on a day of severe hunger, An orphan of near relationship, Or a needy person in misery, And then being among those who believed and advised one another to patience and advised one another to compassion. Those are the companions of the right.
(Surah Al-Balad, Ayah 11-18) 

Can they count on you to give your most generous gift today? 

May Allah protect you and your family. May Allah heal those who are sick. May Allah protect us from poverty and calamity.  

Thank you for your generosity. May Allah continue to bless you and your loved ones.   

With compassion,
Mazen Mokhtar
Executive Director

P.S. Please act urgently because the need is urgent. 

Baitulmaal is a 501(c)(3) charity. Donations to Baitulmaal are tax-deductible and zakat-eligible (IRS Tax ID: 20-0942434). 

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Let’s Keep Compassion Flowing During COVID-19 https://baitulmaal.org/lets-keep-compassion-flowing-during-covid-19/ Sat, 14 Mar 2020 18:13:03 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=9722

We will continue providing aid and implement safeguards in response to this pandemic, and we urgently need your help today!

Assalaamu alaikum.

DALLAS, March 14, 2020 — On March 11, the UN World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus COVID-19 a pandemic. On March 13, the U.S. government declared the pandemic a national emergency.

At Baitulmaal, we are monitoring the situation and developing plans to deal with how COVID-19 impacts our work and the people we serve. This includes monitoring news reports, communicating with our field representatives and responding to needs in the safest way possible.

Like many nonprofit organizations in our sector, we rely on the compassion and generosity of our community members, and we receive much of this support at local community events around the country.

Out of concern for the safety of our community, we are canceling all public events starting today until March 30, 2020. As this date approaches, we will reassess the situation and make a decision regarding events moving forward.

During this time, we urgently need your donations to help those in need around the world.

  • Palestinians in Gaza will still have virtually no access to uncontaminated water unless we continue providing clean drinking water to the 300 water tanks we service each week.
  • Syrians in make-shift camps inside their country and refugee camps in neighboring countries still need food and water to survive unless we continue providing emergency aid to Syrian refugees.
  • Internally displaced Yemenis are still struggling in near-famine conditions, many with no access to food or medicine unless we continue to provide emergency aid in Yemen.
  • People struggling with poverty and hunger are facing Ramadan fasts without knowing where their next iftar or suhor is coming from unless we act now.
  • People in other parts of the world still need our help, especially now that providing humanitarian aid is becoming more challenging.

Can we count on you to make your most generous donation today?

We are asking our donors to give generously today because we must continue providing aid in a safe manner during this crisis.

Here is what we need from you today:

  1. Make dua ask Allah to keep us healthy in body, mind and faith.
  2. Bookmark the CDC COVID-19 website to stay informed about this pandemic and learn what you can do to help stop the spread of this virus.
  3. Make a tax-deductible, zakat-eligible donation to Baitulmaal today so we can continue providing humanitarian aid to those in need during this crisis.
  4. Share this message with all your friends and family members (social, email, text).
  5. Ask all your friends and family members to join you in donating to Baitulmaal.

We have a duty to work together to prevent the spread of this virus while still providing for those who are in desperate need around the world. We will get through this together, insha’Allah.

With compassion,
Mazen Mokhtar
Executive Director

P.S. Here are some helpful resources about COVID-19.

Baitulmaal is a 501(c)(3) charity. Donations to Baitulmaal are tax-deductible and zakat-eligible.

 

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Baitulmaal Board Member on COVID-19 Medical Response Team in Pakistan https://baitulmaal.org/baitulmaal-board-member-on-covid-19-medical-response-team-in-pakistan/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 18:16:07 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=9679

LAHORE, PAKISTAN, March 11, 2020 — The Punjab government selected Baitulmaal board vice chair Iqbal Hussain, MD, along with the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute in Lahore as one of the area’s COVID-19 medical teams leading the response to the novel coronavirus outbreak that started in China.

The Institute, where Dr. Iqbal is the Chairman of Critical Care Medicine, will serve as a COVID-19 response center in Lahore, Pakistan. While Lahore has so far had no reported cases of COVID-19, establishing medical response teams is part of the country’s strategic plan to prevent an outbreak in Pakistan.

“Prevention is vital to preventing the spread of Covid-19,” said Dr. Iqbal. “It’s a good time for good hygiene practices like washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or hand shakes.”

Baitulmaal executive director Mazen Mokhtar said having leaders in areas from healthcare to logistics serving on the charity’s board is an advantage few organizations enjoy.

“Having access to this level of talent truly helps the organization excel in delivering quality services to under-served populations around the world,” said Mokhtar.

For more information about COVID-19, please see the Center for Disease Control COVID-19 website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

For more information about Baitulmaal, please visit https://baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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930 Rohingya Refugees Receive Emergency Winter Relief https://baitulmaal.org/930-rohingya-refugees-receive-emergency-winter-relief/ Wed, 26 Feb 2020 19:12:05 +0000 https://baitulmaal.org/?p=9569

COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH, February 25, 2020 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently completed an emergency winter aid for Rohingya refugees who fled the ethnic cleansing campaign carried out by Myanmar military forces.

Field workers distributed donor-funded winter packages and food packages to 930 individuals struggling with hunger and cold conditions inside camps in the state of Cox’s Bazar along the southeastern border of Bangladesh.

“Camp tents and shelters just don’t provide adequate protection from the cold during the winter months,” said Elizabeth Sohail, Programs Manager for Baitulmaal. “The assistance our donors enable us to provide gives survivors hope as they struggle to put their lives back together.”

More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled what the United Nations has called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” At least 354 Rohingya villages inside Myanmar have been burned to the ground or partially destroyed by the Myanmar military in their attempt to rid the country of all Muslims in the guide of national security.

Prior to this recent aid delivery, Baitulmaal provided more than 590,000 meals, funding for shelters and winter assistance for over 15,000 Rohingya refugees.

If you would like to learn more or to contribute to the emergency relief programs at Baitulmaal, please visit their website at Baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya and Pakistan.

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